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Event: FL Flood
Number: 2020-000237
Country: LKA Sri Lanka
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Date (YMD): 2020-12-8
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Information Source:Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS), Disaster Management Centre (DMC)
Comments: Northeast monsoon and activation of a depression in the south-east Bay of Bengal, intensified rainfall in Sri Lanka during 2-5 December 2020. with the Northern Province as the worst affected. Two deaths were reported in Jaffna district in the Northern Province. The Government of Sri Lanka declared a local level emergency in the Northern Province from 2-5 December. Schools and institutions in the province were closed during this period. Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology reported maximum rainfall up to 279.8mm in Northern Province particularly in Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts following northeast monsoon rains. The continuous rains inundated most of the low lying areas in the two districts and caused damages to residential areas. As this situation intensified, agricultural lands and standing crops were also inundated and damaged as well as the infrastructure. It is expected that this heavy rainfall will continue, which will have an impact and further exacerbate the capacity of vulnerable households in the affected areas. According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) situation report , as of 8 December 2020, 111,659 people (33,316 families) have been affected across 14 districts. According to the report, 106 houses were fully damaged and 3,783 houses were partially damaged. A total of 15 evacuation centres were activated and 232 families were located in these centres. The DMC is coordinating the national response efforts.
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